by John Stephenson of Aloha Mystics
In the past decade and a half, we have been conditioned to accept instant gratification
as the norm. We no longer send letters or cards through the mail; we email. We no
longer browse through bookstores; we order online, and we no longer share photo
albums over coffee in our dens; we post way too many pictures on social media.
Perhaps it’s time to develop a little more patience.
A passage from the book of James has been coming into my mind quite often, so
perhaps it’s something to contemplate. It goes like this: “My brethren, count it all joy
when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh
patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting
Many of us would like to go back to that simpler time, where the
temptations of the world seemed manageable and our spiritual practice fit in neatly
with our everyday life of family, friends and work. Now it seems that those activities
are being controlled by a pandemic and depending on where we live, the response to
that appearance can seem oppressive. We are frustrated that it all hasn’t gone away.
What happened to instantaneous healing?
Well, let’s look at that.
The mystical realm exists in the now. Time and space are the classical models defining
the world in which we live, the world of birth and death, of action and reaction. The
quantum model presents a world of undivided wholeness, a hidden régime of reality in
which everything is interconnected. Both models define life as we know it. The
quantum model aligns more closely the spiritual idea of now, where patience can have
her perfect work. It is a realm that cannot be dominated by the mind but can be
accessed through humility. In our humility we realize that this world is perfect, and that
perfection exists in eternity. It is at once in the moment and forever. This consciousness
of perfection exists simultaneously with the reactionary world of cause and effect, and
we become aware of inner perfection if we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.
To paraphrase the Prophet Isaiah, speaking from illumined consciousness, he said that
when we enter this world and bloody our hands to benefit ourselves alone, we are
hidden from the eyes of God. But when we cleanse ourselves, when we cease to enter
the battle taking place in time and space, when we judge righteous judgment, which
means seeing the Christ in friends and enemy alike, when we relieve the oppressed and
plead for the widow, we enter a new reason – a new rationale. Now, though our sins be
as scarlet, they are as white as snow. This must be our attitude to let patience have her
perfect work; to enter the world of now and live out from the consciousness of brotherly
The practical effect of this reasoning is liberty. It frees us from reacting to the dictates of
those working earnestly to free the world from the pandemic, even if they are trying to
solve the problem from the level of the problem. We can participate in their protocols
with the knowledge that right now perfection is. We need not resist. We can know that
at this moment the implicate order, the underlying reality of Truth, is waiting to become
explicate. This is another way of saying “the word made flesh.” It is the responsibility of
every individual on the spiritual path to bring into their awareness the presence of God.
That only takes place in the now. It is realized in the deep silence of My Peace. It is up to those with eyes to see and ears to hear to bring the unseen into expression and have
the patience to let omniscience unfold to meet the need of the moment.
How are you practicing patience?